When Projects Fail

Leadership Freak

We had a project fail. Taking others higher Failure Motivation Mistakes Optimism Success Feedback Leadership Development Leadership fear of failure organizational success insignificance mediocrity Let it sting. Soothing pain is for babies, not big boys and girls. Team members who don’t care about losing are losers. Don’t sooth discomfort by minimizing failure, but don’t overreact, either. Expect responsibility. Blamers are covering for something they should have done.

Motivate with a Memorable “Vision Phrase” that Matters

Michael Lee Stallard

When you communicate a memorable vision phrase that matters, the people you lead will be more motivated to help achieve it. At TCU, people are motivated by a vision phrase TCU uses as a tagline: “Learning to Change the World.”

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The June 3rd, 2013 Leadership Development Carnival

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the June 3rd, 2013 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! Julie Winkle Giulioni from juliewinklegiulioni.com presents Want to Kill Young Workers'' Motivation and Drive? You''ve heard of "speed dating"?

Why Are 2013 Graduates Considered Unprepared?

Chart Your Course

While the National Center for Education Statistics is projecting nearly 1.8 Meanwhile, of the hiring managers that are looking at 2013 graduates, the majority only plans to hire one or two this year. via Why Are 2013 Graduates Considered Unprepared? By Ashley Bowers.

How to Motivate the Team? How can I Stay Motivated?

Mike Cardus

How to motivate the team? How can I stay motivated? The quick answer is that you cannot motivate other people and teams. The areas of the work you find relevant , you will ascribe value to, and be motivated to do more of that stuff. Can an external source motivate you?

Rank-order Priorities To Determine Motivation

Eric Jacobson

When you meet with your employee during her annual performance appraisal take time to determine what motivates her when it comes to her career development. Motivation changes over time and changes depending on where the individual is in her career.

Decoding The Truth Of Leading Multi-Generational Workforces

Tanveer Naseer

These are not just the realities, motivations, and desires of the Millennials, but are a constant of the human condition that can be seen throughout our collective history on this planet. 1) Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project Spring Tracking Survey 2013.

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25 Coaching Questions to Create your 2013 Leadership Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

What’s motivating you? What are some challenging assignments or projects, both on the job and outside of work that would give you an opportunity to learn and apply these new competencies? As the year winds down, it’s a good time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished and learned as a leader and what you’d like to focus on for the coming year.

Are you stuck in a sheep cyclone?

Survive Your Promotion

End a Failing Initiative – Sometimes a project has died but no one wants to admit it.

Being The Hare

Survive Your Promotion

The many projects and passions that I’ve been excited about over all these years have started to hang together. I do interesting work using my unique talents most of the time, and sometimes I have weeks or months of extreme creativity and motivation. photo credit: wolfpix.

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The No-Boss Workplace: Can Great Leadership Be Crowdsourced?

Terry Starbucker

Here’s how Rogoway describes how project decisions get made: Any Treehouse employee can propose a project by submitting it on an internal company website. If enough of their colleagues sign on to help the project goes forward.

Your career will soar if you avoid leaders’ #1 blind spot

Michael Lee Stallard

Armed with this knowledge, the best leaders find jobs, ongoing responsibilities or temporary projects that help their employees progress toward their career goals. employee engagement intentional connectors leadership employee motivation Improving Engagement teambuilding Many leaders unknowingly sabotage their careers by wrongly assuming their employees are actively engaged in their work.

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Futren’s Strategies for Employee Retention

Chart Your Course

The company manages Indian Hills Country Club and The Georgian Club in Marietta, and acquired Woodland Hills Golf Course in Cartersville in February 2013. Businesses in the hospitality and food and beverage industries face many challenges.

The Rules of Retention

Chart Your Course

As a result, QuikTrip was expanding with new stores and larger projects during the recession, while other low-cost retailers were closing stores and announcing layoffs. Employee dissatisfaction is on the rise, especially among entry-level and mid-level employees.

At Work, "Yes" is Great, but at Times "No" is Even Better

Leading Blog

At work, we want our jobs, assignments, projects and "stuff" to move along smoothly: achieving objectives, getting promoted, winning contracts. What are the three main motivators for our medical affairs physicians and are we focusing in on them?

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Quiet Time: The Introvert’s 5 Keys To Influence


Take a look at the new book by this author, Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference (Berrett-Koehler, April 2013); I find myself pumping my fist and saying “yes!” By Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph.D.

(The Return of) The Leadership Checklist: 10 Things To Do Right Now To Make It A Great Year

Terry Starbucker

Study Up - Make sure you take the time to study the details of your business or project plan for the year ahead. Fellow leaders, it’s that time of year again – time to dust off our leadership checklist, and get ‘em done.

5 Reasons You Should Subscribe to Sean’s Team Building Newsletter

Great Results Team Building

Whether you are in a family, attend a church, work in an office environment, are part of a project group, or participate in athletics, you are likely always looking for ideas and tips on how your team can become more productive. Everyone is part of a team.

Insights for Women Leaders: Motivate Team Members for Success

Women on Business

Guest Post by Grayce Belvedere Young, president of the Organization Development Practice at Prouty Project (learn more about Grayce at the end of this post). How can they tap into their team members’ intrinsic motivations to fully engage them for both personal and professional success? Daniel Pink’s book “ Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us ” offers leaders valuable insights into motivation that impacts how we engage our team members.

Four Steps to Improve Poor Performance

Chart Your Course

They are perpetually tardy or absent, or procrastinate and mismanage projects. Either they lack the ability or skill set required, or they lack the motivation or desire to perform, or both. Underperforming employees are not hard to find.

Three steps to engaging employees in what matters to them


Whatever you are doing in the engagement arena that involves providing the same things to all of your employees to get them motivated, interested, captivated or engaged at work may only be part of the solution. You might be hearing a lot about employee engagement.

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Happier Employees in 1 Simple Step

Survive Your Promotion

It was a fantastic talk about how our brains work, and particularly how motivation works (or doesn’t) in the workplace. Let’s talk about motivation for a minute and think about the conventional wisdom on how to improve employee performance. And while we can certainly condition our great team members to follow the rules, it doesn’t lead to innovation or high performance, mainly because humans are a bit more complex than dolphins when it comes to motivation.

The Speed of Leadership

Survive Your Promotion

The project that suddenly grinds to a halt because of an unexpected and seemingly insurmountable obstacle. leadership challenge Confidence crisis management effectiveness Fear of Failure Inspiration Life management Management Tip managing conflict Motivation ToolsHave you ever been driving on a highway and missed your exit? There’s a moment of panic and indecision as you see the sign and wonder if that’s where you should get off.

Power Does Not Equal Leadership

Tanveer Naseer

It doesn’t take a basketball expert or MBA graduate to see that Mike Rice’s monopoly on power crippled his team’s ability to work well together and succeed in their projects – in this case, winning basketball games. The following is a guest piece by Dennis Bakke.

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When Employees Become Disengaged – TTI Success Insights

Chart Your Course

Employee Engagement: A Key Ingredient for Personal Motivation and Business Success. When I took my first motivators assessment, I was finally able to put into words what I valued in an employer. I learned that I was a high Utilitarian and that my Aesthetic, while not my highest motivator, was quite high above the national average. How many potential “star employees” are you losing each year because their motivators are unfulfilled and they become disengaged?

Neutralize “Killer Stress” to Boost the Bottom Line

Michael Lee Stallard

If you are not able to get them a role that is a perfect fit, consider giving them additional responsibilities or projects that fit well with their wiring. connection culture E Pluribus Partners employee engagement leadership connection connection cultures employee motivation employee productivity leadership development michael lee stallard stress Who experiences greater levels of stress: management or employees?

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Ten magical thoughts to let go of


Others are motivated by what motivates you: It takes some effort on your part to discover what motivates other people. Spend some time getting to know what motivates others, use this information wisely, and watch productivity soar!

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How to Encourage Team Members to Lead

Lead on Purpose

Allowing people to co-lead projects reduces anxiety and creates a more positive leadership experience by giving team members someone to lean on for assistance. Define the goal — Unclear goals can create huge obstacles for those attempting to lead a project. Be sure that you clearly define the task, objectives and goals when assigning a project to assist your team members in their leadership efforts. Guest post by Lindsay Traiman.

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Re-Imagining New Leadership Possibilities in 2014:

The Empowered Buisness

Powerful visions grab and motivate people toward your desired future. Both of these visions are sadly bland and generic that they could have been thought of by high school students as a homework exercise for their economics project. They stir passions and motivations.

It’s Time to View Leadership as a Profession

Great Leadership By Dan

motivated to do what they do and do it well. Motivations such as these should be what. Guest post from DDI's Richard S. Wellins, Ph.D. reprinted with permission from DDI's Directions newsletter): Leadership is a craft. So why do so few see it that. The 2011.

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Employee Empowerment: A Key Force in Leadership

Lead on Purpose

This disenchantment is painfully clear in the Gallup 2013 State of the American Workplace survey. Delegating these tasks to employees allows managers to focus on improving company morale and advancing workplace projects. With employee engagement lagging in most companies, the best way to jump ahead of the competition is to create a motivated workforce. Guest post by Ken Myers. Empowerment is an important skill to learn as a leader.

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 12/31/12)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries "All About Celebrating a New Year" "How cognitive computing works" "How to Motivate Disgruntled Employees" "My Favorite Lily Tomlin Quotations" "My Favorite Picasso Quotations" "The power of allophilia" "Who is Ernest Becker and what is his relevance to today’s business world?"

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How to Build a Great Team and Culture? 60 Pointers


Dan Pink’s new theory of motivation comes in handy. Improvement & Development Leadership Leading People Leading Projects Team Building Culture Culture Building Management

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061: The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Leaders Generate Great Ideas | with David Burkus

Engaging Leader

In this episode, David and Jesse discuss several mistaken ideas that hold us back -- as well as how anyone can embrace a practical approach to finding the best new ideas, projects, processes, and programs. Task motivation is the willingness to engage.

Managing the Real


After 3 weeks, the results were dramatically different with 5% improvement in sales, improvement in team performance and increased motivation levels. Great Quotes Leadership Leading Change Leading People Leading Projects Management people development people management project leadership

Managing and Working on Teams Doing Something is Better Than Talking About Nothing

Mike Cardus

Ability to get started on task/project quickly. Higher results in project teams can come in the initial phase when the project teams have expertise in project management skills. Forgetting that progress towards meaningful goals is the driver of innovation and motivation.

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This Year, Be Ready

Tanveer Naseer

Regardless of whether we actually commit to achieving these goals beyond the next few weeks or not, there’s something about the start of the new year that motivates us to embrace change and with it, a willingness to roll up our sleeves to improve the status quo. With the arrival of a new year, many of us are naturally caught up in the annual tradition of making resolutions for what we’d like to accomplish over the course of the next 12 months.

Leaders: Follow These 6 Steps to Build Trust with Employees & Improve How You're Perceived


A leader’s ability to inspire and motivate employees is based on trust. Starting with the leader, it takes involvement at every level to create a deep bond of believability that motivates employees to put forth effort needed to make their organization successful.

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Top 10 Leadership mistakes you must avoid making

Bernd Geropp

The effects they can have on employee motivation can be devastating. Then answer the following questions: In every project do you constantly have to have an overview? Do you want to know everything in detail for every project? how do you think that will affect their motivation?

Why Learning From Failure Works Better When Others Fail


Mantras like “Fail More” or “Fail Faster” adorn many office walls where our prized motivational posters used to hang. Most often, when a project or procedure is successful, individuals are moved on to new projects without the benefit of a “post-op” review.

Eighth Annual Hay Group Study Identifies Best Companies for Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

According to Hay Group’s study, the Best Companies for Leadership are purposeful and strategic in developing, enabling and motivating leaders throughout the organization to do their best. Other major findings from Hay Group’s Best Companies for Leadership Study include : The Best Companies develop, motivate, engage and enable employees. Leaders work hard to connect people with projects that are personally meaningful to them.

A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste


Even if the organisation survives, external crisis may not happen often enough to motivate continuous improvement, progress, or growth. They decided that the only way of innovating fast enough is to use fear of future events to motivate urgent focus.

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Great Team Building Activities Have the Lessons Learned Built Into the Activity

Mike Cardus

Project Rollerball immediately came to mind! Corporate Team Building Leadership Processing Team Building Team Building Activity create-learning team building and leadership de-brief team building experiential learning michael cardus project rollerball team building activities